Hello, Cozy Readers! Summer is here, and my family and I have been finding fun ways to enjoy the time inside. Reading lots of library books, of course, but also doing puzzles, playing games, and trying different lemon cake recipes. Spoiler alert: so far, all the lemon cakes have been fantastic on their own, but in-season strawberries have made them all irresistible!

imageI’ve also been working on the second novella in my new series, the Not the End of the World Mysteries. The first, Allies, Arson, and Prepping for the Apocalypse, should be back from the editor soon, and I’ll have a link for that in October.

And I’m starting a series of videos about my cozies over on Instagram. Here’s a link to the first video, a quick intro: https://www.instagram.com/reel/C84WVt8Pem8

I’d love to hear about what you’ve got planned for the new season. Do you read with the seasons? I’ve just started reading a book set in fall–maybe that will help things feel cooler around here!

Sending cozy wishes for great reads,
Tammy D. Walker

Here are more stories to discover:

Cat Scratch Murder
by Karen McSpade

Magic in this witch’s family has a name: Trouble

Meet Sidney Grace. Quirky journalist, Hesitant witch, Professional butterfingers.

Her grandmother believes Sidney’s talent for communicating with the dead makes her the most powerful witch in the family, but Sidney just wants to make it through the day without getting fired.

A young writer living in Boston, Sidney is far from the small wacky town of Crystal Beach, Florida, where her spell-happy grandmother retired. She is perfectly happy with her career, her four cats, and the fact that she hasn’t been on a date in… well, years. All is well until her estranged mother informs Sidney that her grandmother has been arrested for murdering a resident at her retirement community.

Sidney road-trips to Florida to discover that her grandmother has no alibi, her grandfather isn’t as dead as she thought he was, and one of her cats can speak. To make matters worse, the handsome Officer Reece is tough on criminals and even tougher on witches. Who cooked up the deadly scone? And why are residents at Shifting Sands suddenly disappearing?

Now, Sidney must embrace her own magical talents to prove her grandmother’s innocence and stop the killer bent on destroying anyone who gets in the way.

Murder In The Manuscripts
by Lee Williamson

A hidden diary. A scrap of paper. An abandoned puppy.

Could these three clues mean that Maggie’s friend Lawrence didn’t die from natural causes? Maggie believes so and intends to investigate, even if her broken ankle is slowing her down.

Fresh from heartbreak, Clara travels from Sydney to country New Zealand to look after her injured great-aunt, only to find Maggie set upon investigating her friends death.

As the two women dig into the death they uncover a not-so-wholesome side to the township of Waiawa, one which Sargent Richardson would rather they stayed away from.

With help from her Mystery Book Club, will Maggie find out the truth about Lawrence’s death? And will Marple the dog find her forever home?

The Brotherhood Solution
by K.C. Brennan

imageAs they get closer to unraveling the key to the cryptic documents have Mila and Oleck set themselves and their friends on a dangerous collision course with the Brotherhood?

Mila and Oleck have returned from England, with more information to help everyone in solving the clues in the documents from the library. And perhaps even a better understanding of each other??

Meanwhile, their friends have been working tirelessly to find out what they can about the Brotherhood and the reasons behind their interest in these documents.

However, the Brotherhood has its own agenda…which includes framing one of their own, kidnapping, attempted murder….and just who is Mr. Black anyway?

As our friends attempt to put all the pieces together, can they figure everything out before the Brotherhood charges on with their final solution?